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Poster: wineland Date: Jun 12, 2009 7:02pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 1978

April '78 is one of my favorite months of shows. I'd throw the Duke show from April 12 into your top ten list.

The mix of chemicals seemed to still be manaageable for Garcia and I like the new 78 texture to the music.

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Jun 12, 2009 7:07pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 1978

Ditto on April to add to Strat's fine list.

Don't miss out on 4/8 (Killer S>F), 4/12 (possibly best ROW JIMMY ever), 4/16 (another immense S>F and a Space>IKO in set 2), 4/24 (yet again w/the S>F and much more)...

'78 had a touch of "go for broke" rock and roll grit that perhaps '77 didn't chase as ambitiously, but lacked '77's precision and fluidity. When they connected in '78 it was out of the ballpark....when they missed it was a pretty ugly train wreck. Most of the year they connected.

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Poster: JC Edwards Date: Jun 12, 2009 8:15pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 1978

Did some one say '78?!

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1978-04-19.sbd.gans.miller.9121.shnf

By far, the best Samson and Delilah.....HANDS DOWN!

Billy and Mickey just go OFF!!! :-D

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Poster: stratocaster Date: Jun 13, 2009 8:17am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 1978

Mickey and Bill carry this version, the drums that ate San Francisco...Keith wakes up enough to contribute some nice fills...I was hoping Garcia would break out the washboard...

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Poster: BongWzrd Date: Jun 13, 2009 12:27pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 1978

Well 78' will always be special in my heart...

I was born on 02-03-78 at 10:36pm, I think during The Wheel..

Dicks Picks 18 was burned into my brain early on....


After 02-05-78 some same it was the end of an Era....

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Poster: Jim F Date: Jun 13, 2009 11:00pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 1978

"Poor Man's 1977" Hahaha love it!

78 is hit or miss for me too. There are surely some real highlights in there though, most of which were mentioned. I'm a sucker for anything 1966-77, but my interest tapers off in 78. Bobby's playing throughout the year especially turns me off a bit. I can't think of any other GD member whose sound completely changed like it did, esp in such a short amount of time. And most of those '78 interminable drum solos are hard to get all the way through. It's a real shame really, because the beginning of 78 held real promise, I love all of those California dates to open the year where they threw in the little trios and such. But then it just kinda went downhill. Wasn't it David Lemieux who said something like "After 2/5/78, it's all fluff?"

I hold similar opinions of 79. Sure, there's some great stuff in there, esp the Fall tour, but on the whole, it's not a year I visit too often. A show past 1980 has to be pretty special to get my listen (such as 8/28/81).

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Poster: snori Date: Jun 14, 2009 7:18am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 1978

Let's not overlook jgb in 1978. Some great shows in March and October.

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Poster: deadmax Date: Jun 13, 2009 6:59am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 1978

This is great! I love Strat for starting this 'cuz I was really wondering about this year. I've listened to tons of shows from '78 but not in a manner that led to a fluid understanding of that year. 74, 75, 76, 77, and 79 yes but not 78. So as soon as I'm finished with every show in 76 I'll trip into 78 and listen to the above recommended shows.